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Dog breeder fined $172,000 in animal neglect case

Rainier woman to pay hefty penalties in wake of animal neglect case

OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY PHOTO - A puppy rescued from a home in Rainier receives care at the Oregon Humane Society emergency animal shelter. More than 100 dogs and 21 horses were seized from the site in 2013.A Rainier woman who was convicted earlier this month of 43 counts of felony animal neglect has been ordered to pay $172,000.

Catherine Setere, 68, was fined last week by Columbia Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove during a sentencing hearing Thursday, Oct. 22. Setere was also ordered not to possess any domestic animals or horses for the next five years. She cannot own animals of any kind for the next three years, according to OHS.

In November 2013, Oregon Humane Society and Columbia County teamed up to seize 118 dogs and 21 horses from Setere’s property on Karr Road in Rainier, where it was believed she was operating a commercial dog breeding kennel. OHS officials said Setere had a permit to operate a kennel, but investigators found the property didn’t meet basic standards of care for the animals.

In a news release last week, OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon described “heartbreaking” conditions on the property where the animals, including 67 akitas and small dogs such as dachshunds and terriers were kept in fenced areas with waste buildup and little to no ventilation.

Nearly all of the animals seized from the property were adopted out to new homes.

After the sentencing, OHS gained custody of 11 more dogs, which will soon be available for adoption.